How the U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work
There's a fantastic article over at the New York Times describing the rationale behind Apple and other tech companies moving production overseas. It's not just about cheap labor, it's about scale and efficiency: China has several times the number of people and thus several times the number of workers, making employees faster and easier to find but still well-trained and ready to meet the high demands of tech companies. Because the production flow is so integrated and parts don't have to be shipped far, they can accommodate changes in the production line much faster than U.S. factories. It's pretty fascinating stuff and outlines some of the challenges America faces in trying to compete with China for these kinds of manufacturing jobs.